Provided by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Office
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) issued the following statement after the House cleared on Friday the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, included in which are provisions from Congresswoman Comstock’s Research and Development Efficiency Act. It is expected the president will sign the legislation in the coming days:
“Northern Virginia is home to many professionals who are conducting significant research in a variety of fields leading to innovative breakthroughs. Reports indicate that researchers spend on average 42 percent of their time on administrative requirements instead of conducting vital research. The provisions of my Research and Development Efficiency Act that are included in the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act will ensure that more federal research dollars will be spent directly on the important research we are funding. By limiting redundant regulations and focusing our research dollars more efficiently, the included provisions from my legislation clear the way for researchers to do their job without being bogged down under a mountain of paperwork.”
Provisions from the Research and Development Efficiency Act that are in the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act require that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in coordination with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, shall establish an interagency working group for the purpose of reducing administrative burdens on federally funded researchers while protecting the public interest through the transparency of and accountability for federally funded activities.